MEDITATION & MINDFULLNESS
Cultivate calm, ease, present moment awareness, and inner peace.
Drop into calming deep relaxation, ease, stress reduction, and greater skillfulness with difficult thoughts and emotions.
Or practice for the tranquil experience of communing Oneness including with nature, and as a prayerful way of
being a peaceful presence for others amid your daily life activities and encounters.
I offer a wide array of mindful breath, energy, and compassion based approaches presented in an inter-spiritual, secular, or contemplative/inner Christian experience format depending on the wiring of individuals and groups.
Contact me for individual or group sessions, retreats, or classes with friendship or work groups, schools, faith groups or civic orgs. Also see info listed under menu tabs above. Virtual options are available amid COVID.
Rev. Dr. Catherine Quehl-Engel
Gain greater skillfulness with difficult thoughts and emotions
Increase a relaxed, compassionate attitude including
Cultivate inner peace, a sense of oneness, and a more spacious, loving sense of reality (Unitive Consciousness. Buddha Mind. Christ Consciousness.)
Buddhist, Christian, Daoist, secular, & Yoga based contemplative wisdom
Moving meditation (see yoga and qigong)
Centering Prayer (Interior Prayer)
Seated, reclined, and movement based practices
Radiant Heart & Compassion meditations
Energy medicine meditations
Yoga Nidra for deep relaxation, healing, and actualizing personal goals or sankulpa (see Yogic Sleep)
Transfiguration meditation. Being Light
INTER-SPIRITUAL WISDOM for
Yoga, Meditating, Praying, Living & Loving from the inside out:
What hope can we have of finding rest outside ourselves if we cannot be at rest within?....Once you get used to enjoying this interior castle, you will find rest in all things, even those involving much labor.
- St. Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle, 16th c.
Our practice also benefits others through the transformation of how we are in the world. If we're more accepting, more peaceful, less judgmental, less selfish, then the whole world is that much more loving and peaceful, that much less judgmental and selfish. Our mind-body is a vibration, resonating energy system. Of necessity, how we are affects everyone around us. On a boat in the middle of a great storm, one wise, calm person can bring everyone to safety. The world is like that boat, tossed by the storms of greed and hatred and fear. Can we be one of those people who help to keep it safe?
-Joseph Goldstein, Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus - Philippians 2:5
Lead me from the unreal to the real.
Lead me from darkness to Light.
Lead me from time-bound consciousness to timeless being.
- Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water.
Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it.
The soft overcomes the hard; the gentle overcomes the rigid.
Everyone knows this is true, but few can put it into practice.
~Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching 78, trans.: S. Mitchell
Asked when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied,
“...the kingdom of God is within you (also translated: "already among you.")."
~ Luke 17:21
The resolute in yoga surrender results, and gain perfect peace; the irresolute, attached to results, are bound by everything they do. ~Bhagavad Gita 5:12
Do you not know that your body is a temple for Holy Spirit within you? ~1 Cor. 6:19